Death of nursing home resident ruled neglect

12:11 PM, Feb 8, 2013   |    comments
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WACONIA, Minn. -- The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has investigated the death of a nursing home resident and determined it involved neglect on the part of a worker there.

On December 21, 2012 at the Good Samaritan Society in Waconia, a nursing home resident died after a worker on duty did not perform CPR or call 911.  Both were required by the resident's advance directive and physician's instructions.

According to the MDH the resident was admitted to the facility after a hospitalization. The resident's medical record included a "Do Resuscitate" physician's order form indicating that CPR should be performed if the resident did not have a pulse and was not breathing.

Shortly after being admitted to the nursing home the resident became unresponsive. The worker was called to the resident's room but did not perform CPR or call 911.

The worker claimed in discussions with a nurse at the Good Samaritan that he/she was tired and not thinking clearly at the time of the incident.

After review it was determined that the Good Samaritan facility did provide the worker with the needed information.

The worker has resigned from the Good Samaritan Society. The finding of neglect will be submitted to the nurse aide registry and to the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

The MDH provides an online report card for Minnesota nursing homes to help families stay informed about the quality of care.

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